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Joe St Clair sulfide butterfly paperweight
$79.99
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Cute Signed Joe Rice Hillbilly with a Jug Sulphide Paperweight
$69.99
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2 Vintage Baccarat Franklin Mint Sulfide Paperweights John Paul Jones de Grasse
$35.00
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Baccarat President Roosevelt sulphide figure in 5 viewing port paper weight
$39.95
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SAINT LOUIS 1967 ROYAL GLASSWORKS FACETED KING LOUIS XV SULPHIDE PAPERWEIGHT
$150.00
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5 BACCARAT CRYSTAL FAMOUS FRENCH LEADERS PAPERWEIGHTS Faceted Art Glass Sulphide
$589.00
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5 FRENCH CRYSTAL FAMOUS AMERICAN LEADERS PAPERWEIGHTS Faceted Art Glass Sulphide
$589.00
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Baccarat Bicentennial Washington Lafayette Sulphide Crystal Glass Paperweights
$49.95
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ROBERT L HAMON Sulphide Paperweight Marked H GEORGE WASHINGTON
$69.99
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ROBERT L HAMON SULPHIDE PAPERWEIGHT MARKED H JAMES MADISON
$69.99
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GIBSON SULPHIDE WORM CONTROLLED BUBBLE ART GLASS APPLE PAPERWEIGHT W RUBY MOTIF
$9.99
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Charlemagne Franklin Mint Baccarat Sulphide Crystal Cameo Paperweight History
$24.95
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LG JOE ST CLAIR GLASS SULPHIDE SULFIDE WISE OLD OWL TOTEM BIRD PAPERWEIGHT GREEN
$69.95
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Joe Rice sulfide elephant paperweight 2004
$79.99
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vintage Cristal DAlbret sulphide cameo paperweight Mark Twain aqua blue
$19.99
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vintage Baccarat sulphide cameo paperweight Roosevelt purple
$29.99
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vintage Cristal DAlbret sulphide cameo paperweight Mark Twain w box
$39.99
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vintage Cristal DAlbret sulphide cameo paperweight Douglas MacArthur w box
$29.99
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vintage Baccarat sulphide cameo paperweight Hoover blue
$29.99
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vintage Baccarat sulphide cameo paperweight Roy Rogers
$29.99
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Antique Art Glass Obelisk Large Bohemian Devils Fire Tower Sulphide Pillar MINT
$26.00
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BACCARAT SULPHIDE CAMEO PAPERWEIGHT LIMITED EDITION PRESIDENT JOHN F KENNEDY
$195.00
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GOLDA MEIR SULFIDE PAPERWEIGHT ALBRET FRANCE
$35.00
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Joe St Clair Glass Controlled Bubbles Sulfide Butterfly Paperweight BLUE
$159.95
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SOTHEBYS Sulphide Glass Paperweight Ysart Clichu Baccarat Auction Catalog 1969
$39.95
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Baccarat France Glass Paperweight Sulphide Sulfide Lion Star Pattern Cobalt
$49.99
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VINTAGE JOE ST CLAIR SULPHIDE KEWPIE DOLL PAPERWEIGHT KEWPIE DOLL FLOATING ART
$35.00
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VINTAGE 1977 SULPHIDE PAPERWEIGHT BY ARTIST NONIE LUNK ARTIST ST CLAIR COUNTRY
$32.00
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Rare Joe Rice 2001 Etched Glass Betsy Ross Paperweight With Window Sulphide
$31.03
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Joe Rice Paperweight Peppermint Pink Sulfide Pinched Controlled Bubble EXCL
$21.00
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Flight Of The Kitty Hawk Ruby Flashed Faceted Sulfide Commemorative Paperweight
$49.95
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Baccarat Sulphide Paperweight Jean Jacques Rousseau Ruby 1974 Franklin Mint
$4.99
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CRISTAL DALBRET PAPERWEIGHT HRH PRINCE CHARLES WALES SULPHIDE POILLERAT COA BOX
$56.72
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CRISTAL D ALBRET PAPERWEIGHT GEORGE WASHINGTON 1974 SULFIDE CUT CRYSTAL FRANCE
$54.00
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CRISTAL DALBRET PAPERWEIGHT CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS LE COA GEORGES SIMON SULPHIDE
$56.72
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CRISTAL D ALBRET PAPERWEIGHT ALBERT SCHWEITZER 1969 SULFIDE CUT CRYSTAL FRANCE
$54.00
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CRISTAL D ALBRET PAPERWEIGHT COLUMBUS 1966 SULFIDE CUT CRYSTAL FRANCE VINTAGE
$54.00
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CRISTAL DALBRET PAPERWEIGHT A DAVID PARIS 1966 SULFIDE FRANCE CUT CRYSTAL
$54.00
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CRISTAL DALBRET PAPERWEIGHT DR ALBERT SCHWEITZER SULPHIDE CAMEO COA LE IN BOX
$56.72
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CRISTAL D ALBRET PAPERWEIGHT JOHN JAMES AUDUBON 1972 SULFIDE FRANCE CUT CRYSTAL
$54.00
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CRISTAL DALBRET PAPERWEIGHT JENNY LIND SULPHIDE POILLERAT COA ORIGINAL BOX
$56.72
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CRISTAL DALBRET PAPERWEIGHT GENERAL DOUGLAS MACARTHUR 1968 LE COA SULPHIDE
$56.72
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St Clair 1972 Tecumseh Art Glass Sulphide Paperweight
$16.99
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St Clair 1972 First Ladies Art Glass Sulphide Paperweight Lady Bird Johnson
$16.99
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Mid1900s Abraham Lincoln sulphide paperweight by Koering New Jersey
$24.99
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VINTAGE BACCARAT GLASS PAPERWEIGHT ROGERS LIMITED 300 NIB OLD RARE NIB SULPHIDE
$179.95
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Antique Victorian Green Dump Glass Paperweight Doorstop Foil Sulphide Flower Pot
$52.01
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SAINT LOUIS Vintage KING TUT Faceted French Art Glass PAPERWEIGHT St Sulphide
$199.99
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Vintage Kennedy sulphide paperweight JFK 1971
$13.00
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Maude and Bob St Clair Sulfide Glass Paperweight 1977 enl
$75.00
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Joe St Clair Pink Cameo Sulfide Glass Paperweight enl
$225.00
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Bob St Clair Kewpie Sulfide Glass Paperweight Pink And White Fold enl
$170.00
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PAUL REVERE Paperweight Vintage Cristal dAlbret Sulphide Cameo Pur NY Estate
$59.00
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Adlai Stevenson Baccarat crystal sulfide paperweight
$18.00
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Baccarat Sulfide Andrew Jackson W Emerald Green Base Paperweight
$19.00
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Baccarat Sulfide Herbert Hoover W Cobalt Blue Base PaperweightUsed
$21.00
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Vintage Sulphide Joe St Clair Art Glass Paperweight yellow White ribbon
$29.99
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RARE Vintage Intaglio Sulphide Pegasus Paperweight Indiana 1979 Edward L Mejer
$29.99
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RARE MAUDE AND BOB ST CLAIR SULPHIDE BUTTERFLY PAPERWEIGHT ARTIST NONIE 1976
$32.00
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VINTAGE LARGE DOME CRYSTALLERIES PAPERWEIGHT W SULFIDE ETCHED BIRDS IN FLIGHT
$55.99
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BACCARAT CRYSTAL LTD EDITION COBALT HERBERT HOOVER SULPHIDE CAMEO PAPERWEIGHT
$24.95
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BACCARAT CRYSTAL SULPHIDE PAPERWEIGHT JAMES MONROE PRESIDENT REPUBLICAN ESTATE
$142.98
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Cristal d albret sulphide Paperweight Ernest Hemingway 1969 Red Vintage
$29.00
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Cristal d albret sulphide paperweight John Paul Jones 1974 Collectable Red
$29.00
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BACCARAT FRANKLIN MINT SULPHIDE CAMEO PAPERWEIGHT OF JOHN PAUL JONES
$19.95
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BACCARAT FRANKLIN MINT SULPHIDE CAMEO PAPERWEIGHT OF ADMIRAL DE GRASSE
$19.95
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BUFFALO BISON Bisque Porcelain Sulphide Figure for Marbles and Paperweights
$5.00
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Large SQUIRREL Bisque Porcelain Sulphide Figure for Marbles and Paperweights
$5.00
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BABY DOLL Bisque Porcelain Sulphide Figure for Marbles and Paperweights
$5.00
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RARE Vintage BACCARAT Art Glass Paperweight w Will Rogers Sulphide Design
$10.50
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RARE Vintage BACCARAT Art Glass Paperweight w George Washington Sulphide Design
$10.50
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RARE Vintage BACCARAT Art Glass Paperweight w Ben Franklin Sulphide Design
$11.50
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RARE Vintage BACCARAT Art Glass Paperweight w Napoleon Sulphide Design
$0.99
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ADLAI STEVENSON MEMORIAL BACCARAT SULFIDE LIMITED EDITION PAPERWEIGHT
$15.99
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Baccarat Franklin Mint Crystal and Sulphide Paperweight Simon Boliva 1977
$49.99
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Cabbage Patch doll Cut window Paperweight Toneys art glass Sulphide Sulfide
$59.00
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Nascar 28 Havaline Sulfide Card Window Cut out Paperweight TONYS ART GLASS
$47.49
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Vintage Gentile Art Glass Paperweight Lions Club International Sulfide 714DG
$29.99
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BACCARAT LIMITED EDITION HERBERT HOOVER SULPHIDE CAMEO PAPERWEIGHT
$78.95
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BACCARAT LIMITED EDITION JAMES MONROE SULPHIDE CAMEO PAPERWEIGHT
$78.95
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Antique Sulphide Glass Paperweight French Bohemia ERUDITE Gentleman No Reserve
$44.99
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Baccarat crystal Thomas Paine sulphide paperweight
$225.00
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Chinese Hand Colored Sulphide sulfide Art Glass Paperweight Birds of paradise
$69.99
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Chinese Hand Colored Sulphide sulfide Art Glass Paperweight Birds of paradise 2
$69.99
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Chinese Hand Colored Sulphide sulfide Art Glass Paperweight Birds of paradise 3
$69.99
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Baccarat crystal Pop sulphide paperweight
$200.00
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Baccarat crystal Woodrow Wilson sulphide paperweight
$200.00
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BACCARAT FRANKLIN MINT SULPHIDE PAPERWEIGHT ALEXANDER THE GREAT WITH STAND
$29.95
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Sulphide Paperweight

A Brief History of Baccarat Crystal

The term crystal, as applied to glass, dates back to the early 1300s in Murano Italy. Glass cutters there developed intricate glass cutting techniques which often gave the glass a "crystalline" shape, resembling a cut gemstone. When pertaining to cut glass, the term "crystal" is a misnomer. Glass is technically classified as an amorphous, inorganic solid that lacks a true crystalline structure.

The art and science of cutting glass continued to progress over the next few centuries, as various technological improvements enabled the glass cuts to become more intricate. In the 1700s, lead oxide was introduced into the smelting of glass which made the glass more workable and boosted its index of refraction, creating a more brilliant product. This effect was heightened when the glass was cut into facets at different angles, causing light to split into its constituent wavelengths, creating rainbows of colors that closely resemble a "crystalline" material. So as a matter of tradition as well as marketing, the term "crystal" has been retained by glass makers such as Waterford and Baccarat.

Baccarat Glass dates back to 1765 when the Bishop of Metz wanted to stimulate commerce in the little village of Baccarat, some 250 East of Paris. The Verrerie de Sainte Anne at Baccarat was created. It successfully manufactured all kinds of utility glassware and prospered for many years, surviving even the French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars.

In 1815, during the aftermath of the Napoleonic War, the French border reverted to its 1790 boundary line. The great French glassworks at Voneche in Northern France found itself outside the new French frontier in the newly created country of Belgium. The owner of Voneche, a Parisian named Aime-Gabriel D'Artigues, bought the Baccarat glassworks so that he could re-establish his business in France and continue to serve French customers without paying heavy import taxes. There is a story that he struck a deal with the King of France to reduce his import taxes from Voneche in return for setting up again in France.

The new company, Voneche-Baccarat, focused on high quality lead-crystal glass and over the past 180 years Baccarat has developed many new techniques in making the finest crystal glass. In 1822 D'Artigues sold the glassworks and the new owners set up the Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat (keeping Voneche as part of the name until 1843). It soon became and remains today, the foremost glassworks in France. The company won medals at major exhibitions in Paris from 1823 onwards.

Baccarat is famous for its wonderful paperweights, its superb crystal glass tableware, for 19th century colored lead crystal glass and opaline ware, for beautiful decanters and bottles, and for superb lead crystal sculptures of animals and birds. The Bohemian/Venician technique of embedding millefiori canes (multi-colored glass mixtures) was taken over by Baccarat in the 1840s and their lead crystal glass paperweights with millefiori designs surpass anything produced in that period from Bohemia or Venice.

The technique of embedding cameo sulphides in paperweights was raised to a fine art by Baccarat in the early 19th century, and continues to be used today. The sulphides give the glass a distinctive rose colored tint. This technique creates eye catching results; as many people have never seen glass reflect light in such a way.

The town of Baccarat is clearly proud of its famous glasswork heritage, and its glass industry not only brings in tourists, but is the cornerstone of the local economy. Moreover, the Baccarat company is renown for creating great working conditions for its employees. All things considered, Baccarat Crystal lives up to its legend.

About the Author

This article was written by Dwayne Cassidy. Dwayne was shopping online for
Baccarat Crystal
when he became curious about the history of Baccarat and
Waterford Crystal
. Dwayne has researched the subject of European glass makers extensively and hopes others might share this interest. The YellowDoor.Com is a great place to whet your appetite for fine deals on the best glassware.

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